Update 5 May 2009: The European Parliament has today published background material, which can be accessed by clicking here and Malcolm Harbour (MEP) has published an interview.

Following today’s Coreper I meeting, the Czech Presidency and members of the European Parliament issued press releases stating that agreement has been reached on the substance and on the detailed wording of revisions to the EC directives on electronic communications.

The next steps are formal debate (5 May 2009) and voting (6 May 2009) in the European Parliament plenary, and adoption by the Council of Ministers on 12 June
2009, followed by formal publication of the Directives in the
Official Journal.

The Czech Presidency’s press release can be accessed by clicking here.

Catherine Trautmann (MEP)’s press release (in French) can be accessed by clicking here

One consolidated texts are available, we will post them on this website. In the meantime, the pages showing the state of advancement of the Parliamentary process (not yet reflecting the agreement reached on 29 April 2009) can be accessed via these links:

Framework, authorisation and access directives

Universal service and users’ rights directive + e-privacy directive + data retention

Creation of the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC)

Please do not hesitate to contact Yves Blondeel  for a discussion.